Sussex Community go for 100% renewable energy
15 December 2020
By Hayley Carmichael
SCFT use 100% renewable energy at the sites they pay costs for energy at, to help reduce the impact of delivering healthcare on the environment.
Helping to create a greener NHS for a healthier planet for all
SCFT is committed to reducing its impact on the environment through an ongoing work programme called Care Without Carbon.
As part of this, the Trust ensures that the electricity supplied to the sites that it directly pays the energy costs at is 100% renewable. It is one of the few NHS Trusts signed up to Health Care Without Harm Europe’s commitment to use 100% renewable energy.
The Trust has an electricity supply contract with EDF which supplies us with 100% REGO-backed power. This stands for Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin and is a system whereby an electricity generator has to provide to Ofgem proof of their generation output as being 100% qualifying renewable. This is then able to be passed on to the company selling the electricity, EDF in this case, who can then legitimately sell it as such to their customers.
During 2019/20, this electricity was generated mostly from landfill and biogas sourced from waste disposal, with a tiny fraction from solar PV.
Ensuring it procures renewable energy allows the Trust to show its commitment, and make its own contribution to, greening the electricity supply system which ultimately helps us to drive down our emissions of carbon dioxide.